spotCommittee for a Workers International


spotLabour Party

spotLeft and radical


spotNationalist and National Liberation

spotPro capitalist and Imperialist


spotSocial Networks

spotSocialist Party


spotTrade Union

spotVoluntary & non-profit

All keywords

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Commercial keywords:

A4e (9)

Agricultural (7)

Amazon (3)

Arriva Rail North (3)

Art (52)

Atos (10)

BAE (6)

BP (42)

Balfour Beatty (20)

Bombardier (9)

Care UK (9)

City Link (9)

Coca-cola (4)

Conocophillips (5)

Coryton (7)

Crown (10)

DLR (6)

Drug companies (16)

EDF Energy (8)

East Coast mainline (3)

Fannie Mae (1)

Ferries (9)

Finance (36)

First Bus (9)

First Great Western (5)

Freddie Mac (1)

G4s (14)

Gama (5)

Glencore (2)

Goldman Sachs (11)

HSBC (13)

Hovis (11)

ICL Plastics (2)

Jet (4)

John Lewis (4)

Kone (6)

Lloyds (3)

McDonalds (19)

Media (117)

Medirest (12)

Merseyrail (19)

Mmp (6)

Morrisons (5)

National Express (7)

News International (34)

Northern Rock (32)

Picturehouse (5)

Press (57)

Print (8)

RBS (17)

Rail (263)

Remploy (49)

Retail (26)

Rolls Royce (8)

Royal Bank of Scotland (7)

Rural (6)

Shipbuilding (4)

Shipping (2)

Sotheby (2)

St Mungos (2)

St Mungos Broadway (4)

Tesco (60)

Thera (5)

Trains (48)

Tyneside Safety Glass (5)

Uber (9)

Ucs (1)

Unilever (15)

Virgin (26)

Winterbourne (3)

WorldCom (2)


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 928, 7 December 2016: NHS: Stop the Tory vandals

Search site for keywords: Newham - Council - Pay - Unite - Socialist - Labour - Austerity - Budget - TUSC - Cuts - Socialist Party - The Socialist - Union - London - East London - Councillors - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - Transport - RMT - Press - Unions - Teaching assistants - Planning - Durham - Government - Jeremy Corbyn - Maternity - Workers

Newham council to sack up to 1,300

Newham Labour plans to sack and reinstate workers on inferior pay and conditions, photo by Senan

Newham Labour plans to sack and reinstate workers on inferior pay and conditions, photo by Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Helen Pattison, East London Socialist Party

The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workers.

Following years of pay freeze, the council plans to have the entire workforce sign a new contract with reductions to maternity pay, overtime rates and night pay.

This year the council passed a 50 millon cuts budget. Afterwards, the mayor, Sir Robin Wales, said: "Londoners would all say that's an absolutely excellent budget!" It seems not all Londoners would.

General union Unite has launched a campaign against the attack, planning protests and demonstrations. The Socialist Party supports this and will campaign to build the widest possible movement against these and all cuts in the borough.

Earlier in the year, Unite members joined a lobby of Newham council's budget-setting meeting called by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). TUSC includes the Socialist Party, transport union RMT and leading trade unionists.

The lobby called on Newham council to set a no-cuts budget, using its reserves and borrowing powers to stop austerity while building a campaign for the much-needed funding from central government. In 2015-16, Newham had 161 million in general reserves.

But instead, as Unite's press release points out, the Labour council would rather attack employees' pay while maintaining Sir Robin's 81,000 salary.

Newham's 60 Labour councillors could vote against austerity, like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to - and propose a strategy to fight back, like TUSC. Newham residents and workers deserve councillors willing to oppose austerity. If those currently in are not willing, they should step aside for others who are.

If the council refuses to listen, a serious campaign including strikes from Unite and the other council unions could defeat the onslaught. Teaching assistants in Durham have shown a fighting strategy can defeat austerity.

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:


triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

triangleSchool staff strike against privatisation

triangleThem and us

triangleLandlord licensing under threat - fight back

trianglePolice accused of killing cover-up


triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangleBradford campaign to save children's services launched

triangleSix months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let


triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

triangleLocal government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation


triangleSupport the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting


triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907


triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz


triangleLabour 'purge' furore really just democracy


triangleTory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices


triangleTUSC conference to debate 2018 elections


triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

Socialist Party:

triangleTamil Solidarity AGM & public meeting

The Socialist:

triangleCoventry Socialist sales hit 1,000


triangleStrikers rally in Liverpool


triangleThem & Us

East London:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: How can free education be won?


triangleAnti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?


triangleArriva bus strikers stand firm


triangleNationalise rail now


triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers


triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

Teaching assistants:

triangleThem & Us


triangleExtreme weather events and global warming


triangleDurham TAs reject council's pay offer


triangleTrump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts


triangleWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn


triangleUnite protest against blacklisting